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WALKING DEAD Aims For Long Run

Plus: ANNIE, SUPERMAN, GREEN LANTERN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     January 27, 2011
Source: Various


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Walking Dead aims for long run. Plus: Smith, Jay-Z announce Annie project. Superman heads for Alberta. New Green Lantern image and more! It's your Comics2Film T minus 2!

 

 

 

SUPERMAN May Fly to Alberta

The Calgary Herald paper reports that Alberta may be one of the locations for the upcoming Superman movie, crafted by producer Christopher Nolan and director Zack Snyder.

Culture minister Lindsay Blackett told the paper they had signed a deal for a mega-budget studio movie looking to do about $35 million worth of business in Alberta, but stopped short of naming the film or the studio. An official announcement will be made in the next few months. The timing would sync up with Snyder's timeline, which would see press on Sucker Punch starting to wind down around that time.

Insiders also tell the Herald that all indications are the film in question is Superman.

 

 

CAPTAIN CANUCK Will Change Name in U.S.

Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely is having fun milking the press cycle for the purported film adaptation of his Canadian answer to Captain America. Hot on the heels of news that Marvel's superhero movie will undergo a name change in less western-friendly countries, Comely has told The Hollywood Reporter that his Canadian hero flick will need to switch titles for U.S. audiences.

"Of course we want to get the movie into that [U.S.] market as much as we can. Still, Americans tend to be rather insular. And they’ll say, we already have Captain America," Comely said.

Comely has said he's closed a deal with a Canadian producer to render a $15million film based on his comics which began in the 1970s. He goes on to explain the cultural resistance he expects from his country's southern neighbors.

"The reality is many Americans think we’re pretty boring. They just think of us not shooting each other much, we’re polite, we live igloos. We’re going to have to figure out a solution," Comely said, adding that he aims to enlist Canadian superstars such as Justin Beiber, Hayden Christensen, Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling in the movie, though he's open to casting an unknown.

 

 

Smith, Overbrook, JAY-Z Officially Announce ANNIE Update

News of a hip-hop redo of the comics-to-Broadway-to-film smash Annie leaked a few weeks back. Today Overbrook Entertainment officially announced the formation of a new film making partnership with music mogul JAY-Z which will begin with the rumored project. Here's the official press release...

Los Angeles, Calif., January 26, 2011 – Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have formed a joint venture with Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter to develop and produce major motion pictures.  One of the projects being discussed is the re-imagination of the classic Broadway musical ANNIE as a vehicle for Willow Smith to star. The film will be developed with Sony Pictures Entertainment and produced by Overbrook Entertainment and Mr. Carter.

The partnership began over dinner with Jada, Will, James Lassiter and JAY-Z, where they decided to co-invest in the now successful beauty products line Carol’s Daughter. They continued this partnership as co-producers of the successful Broadway production Fela!, which earned a total of eleven Tony Award nominations in 2010. Additionally, Willow Smith, managed by OE Executive Miguel Melendez, signed onto JAY-Z’s record label, Roc Nation which produced her first single titled “Whip My Hair," which has been certified Platinum.  JAY-Z previously sampled the classic Annie song “It’s the Hard Knock Life” in his chart-busting single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).”

"The time is right to bring back ANNIE to the big screen. Of course, we’re true believers in Willow's talent and believe she will be perfect in this role,” said Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad. “Combining Willow with the Overbrook team that reimagined Karate Kid and the spectacular JAY-Z makes this a dream project.  A decade ago, JAY-Z proved that the power of the underlying Broadway property remains, by showing how these songs could be reinterpreted for a new generation with Hard-Knock Life. We couldn't be more thrilled to be working with our friends at Overbrook as they launch this new venture.”

"We are excited to partner together to develop and produce a wide variety of films with our longtime friend JAY-Z, with whom we share a common global vision, both commercially and philosophically, and look forward to collaborating once again with the incredibly talented executives at Sony,” said Overbrook Co-Founder James Lassiter.

Stated Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter, "The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision.  We've already produced a Tony Award winning play and we're developing a true superstar in Willow.  This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative.”

Thanks to Calibur454 for the submission.

 

 

McAvoy on X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Powers and Shoe-Filling

MTV Splash Page has a video interview with actor James McAvoy, who talks a bit about his role as Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class.

He doesn't reveal anything substantive about the movie, so we won't bother to quote him. However, the interview is fairly amusing as he expresses his man crush on Patrick Stewart and then offers his impersonation of the man whose shoes he is trying to fill. He also demonstrates why Xavier has the unsexiest mutant power for an actor to have.

Enjoy!

 

 

Erica Durance Previews SMALLVILLE

And...the lovely Erica Durance guides you into the final stretch of Smallville with a preview of events that begin Friday night at 8pm on The CW.

 

 

New GREEN LANTERN Image

There's a new photo of Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern on the cover of the latest issue of the Singapore-based "F*** Magazine".

The movie itself opens in theaters June 17th, 2011.

Thanks to AntoBlueberry for the submission.

GREEN LANTERN on F Magazine

 

 

WALKING DEAD Aims for Long Run

Walking Dead Producer Gale Anne Hurd addressed a crowd at this week's National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) conference in Miami and fielded some questions about the show.

When asked whether the show's creative producers Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman thought of the show as finite (a la Lost) Hurd revealed that the creator of the comic series hopes the show has a very, very long run.

"Robert Kirkman has said that he hopes it's the series that challenges The Simpsons," Hurd said in comments summarized by Variety.

Fox's flagship cartoon is the longest-running primetime series in the history of American Television, currently enjoying a staggering 22nd season on the air.

Hurd also added that shows like Walking Dead are very appealing to theatrical filmmakers like Darabont who can accomplish things in the format that they cannot do in movies. "A lot of filmmakers who are attracted to television right now are interested in serialized drama. They're interested in morally ambiguous characters."

A second season of The Walking Dead airs on AMC later this year.

 


 

Rob M. Worley is the writer and creator of the all-new, all-cat kids comic book series Scratch9, named by School Library Journal as one of the "Best Comics for Kids 2010"! Issues #1, #2, #3 and #4 are in stores now. The paperback collection is coming in March and available for pre-order . Visit Scratch9.com for news and info!

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axia777 1/27/2011 6:48:39 AM

WALKING DEAD Aims for Long Run? As long or longer than the Simpsons? Really? I LOVE me some Walking Dead but longer than the Simpsons? That seems just a bit much. How much story do they have to keep it interesting?

Supernatural for example ended with season 5 as far as I am concerned. Season 6 is just a big old pile of crap. The same thing happened to Smallville. Too much show and it runs out of steam.

Even Matt and Trey have said South Park has an end in sight some day.

BTW, I stopped watching the Simpsons years ago. It is just not funny anymore. The same could happen to South Park. The same could happen to the Walking Dead. It's coolness could just run out.

That is why I like the idea of the new Game of Thrones series. It will actually have an ENDING. Well, once George finishes the books that is. But it will happen, some day.

Tevii 1/27/2011 6:58:31 AM

Most shows aim to run as long as The Simpsons... especially through the producers eyes when its a cash cow.

@axia - I agree with you Too much show and it runs out of steam. AND Supernatural, even though there have been a few good episodes this season, DEFINITELY should've ended at 5.

Wow... shocking.... "a hip-hop redo of the comics-to-Broadway-to-film smash Annie" - Harold Gray is probably rolling in his grave.

This pic of GL is basically the EW cover.... we need something NEW and VERY IMPRESSIVE

Calibur454 1/27/2011 6:58:31 AM

yea axia i agree it would be cool but as it stands right now the comic is only in the 80's mark. I wouldnt do any kkind of story telling past it. Staying true to the comic is a big part of the success of TWD 

 

ah dear annie I can see it now-

annie lives in a run down project in the hood who has to put up with a pathetic version of a run down orphanage having to deal with drive buy shootings and drug dealers and everyone breaks out into song singing Jay z's it a hard nock life- with willow singing  jay-z lyrics and the kids doing back up.Quoting my favorite dog Snoopy- BLAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

and axia if comedy central doesnt release season 14 completly uncut on april 26th I have a feeling season 15 will be the last along with one more movie to top things off. Things have been tense with comedy central and Matt and Trey ever since 200 and 201 aired. Mat and Trey have said in the past that they would do a movie to cap everything off and to say goodbye to the fans. Its a shame they cant bring back chef again for the movie.

Calibur454 1/27/2011 7:02:38 AM

South park ha to by contract do a 15th season but no announcements have yet been made to renew the show after that season

axia777 1/27/2011 7:06:01 AM

@Calibur454 - Yes, I gave read all of that about South Park previously. But thanks for the heads up anyways....

 

LocoLobo73 1/27/2011 7:22:24 AM

Captain Canuck : lmao that awesome and Im glad that they are mocking us for it , Marvel shouldnt change the name, the character is Iconic, and his character is well known around the world, When they killed Steve Rogers off a few years ago , it was in the world news media as well as here. They may hate us but they love our comics , movies, tv and music.

Annie , really who cares....

Smallville , cant wait till friday, I actually think fridays are the best day for tv now Smallville , supernatural, fringe, star wars clone wars, and young justice. Thank you DVR

GL : still hoping this will be great

The Walking dead: im all for it staying on as long as it stays freah and well written and till it catches the books, cause there are tons of things from the series that i want to see on the show  

 

monkeyfoot 1/27/2011 7:34:35 AM

Most all the news is good.

I suppose Smith's remake of Annie will have to include Jay-Z's "It's a Hard Knock Life" which he sampled from the original song from the musical.

Kraken89 1/27/2011 7:43:10 AM

What exactly does Annie have to do with comics?

I figured Snyder would film in Canada hence doing so for Watchmen and 300.

Green Lantern, is that really a new picture?

Walking Dead, maybe try going for 7.

Just read the news about casting for Dark Tower, apparently Javier Bardem is being offered the role. Which is awesome because he hasn't really been on the big screen that much. Bale is also a contender, so if Bardem doesn't want it, Bale would be likely be cast, although I'd like to see him as a villain.   They're apparently planning to film two movies and then run a T.V series between them, hopefully on AMC.

raa2001 1/27/2011 7:46:15 AM

 Walking Dead - I wish they would make the seasons longer than 6 episodes.... how about at least 12 episodes per season

GSSCHAN2000 1/27/2011 8:11:46 AM

you go willow! can't wait for your version of robin in the next batman trilogy.

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